Tulafest has come and gone but the effects are everlasting!
Over 300 yogis attended the festival which was held at South Lake Union Park on July 9th, 2016. This one day event brought together Seattle yoga teachers to share their love of yoga with the Seattle yoga community. Coordinators Alondra Meraz and Crystal Mukai partnered and recruited 19 yoga instructors, 3 workshop presenters, 24 vendors and sponsors to make TulaFest 2016 a reality!
We were very pleased with the diversity of attendees at the event (young, old, super-fit, just starting yoga, etc.) because this closely aligned with our overall goal of making yoga accessible to all populations. One of our challenges was the logistics of having an event in a park as opposed to a yoga studio. We had to consider how our event would work with wet grass, birds, airplanes landing on the water, GEESE Poop and possible rain. As a result, we scoped the park as much as we could the night before and made sure to have event tents.Alondra Meraz
A collective inhale at 10:00 in the morning on Lake Washington fills my cells with hope. Hundreds of people exhale with thoughts of peace. Love ripples into the city as we relax into our savasanas. We breathe into our asanas with hope to go further in understanding ourselves, releasing thoughts that bind us, so that we may go further in our practice and in our lives. For when we go further into our understanding we can help to make the world a more understanding place. It begins with us. It begins with one breath. A collective gathering for the love of yoga, for the love of self care, and for love of the strength of a community that links body, breath, and spirit. Nick and I were humbled to teach Tantra yoga at TulaFest and be a part of such an expansive community working towards a common goal.Lela Becker
Everyone was so welcoming – from the event coordinator, the booth vendors, to all the yoga instructors. Everyone did a great job cultivating a calm and serene environment to allow for grounding in my practice. I look forward to attending Tulafest next year!Jennifer Baxter
Lake Union Park was a beautiful setting for a beautiful occasion, however the team hopes to have a different venue next year. They will work on building the yoga community in Seattle and making TulaFest an annual event.
Yoga means union and that’s exactly what TulaFest did. TulaFest united beautiful souls for a day of soulful nourishment through yoga.
We are forever grateful for all the wonderful teachers and attendees. Thank you for your patience when things didn’t go exactly as planned! You all truly brought some magic to Lake Union Park on Saturday. Nothing make us happier than seeing people come together to do something for the sake of health and fun! May your lives continue to be filled with light.Alondra Meraz
Take a glimpse of all the fun that was had at TulaFest 2016 in our slideshow.
Nick Goodman teaching Tantra Yoga at TulaFest 2016.
Katie Jensen, Seattle Yoga Teacher and her friend enjoy some post-class bonding time.
Danielle Sack of Sukha Design & Photography. Check out her beautiful cork blocks!
Another happy customer at Grace & Humble.
Our mini yogini standing as tall as the Space Needle!
Headstands because you can!
Singing Bowl duo
Even dogs were invited!
Vivian Mach giving a yummy assist to a student.
Katie Jensen getting people to lift!
Yoga friends are friends for life!
This cute elephant tattoo and lotus shave.
Lauren Hruska leading a class on "What to do When Shit Happens?"
VIP yoginis enjoying their goodie bags!
Some acroyoga between workshops and classes.
Mid-day Meditation with Anne Strickland.
Kathy Rodriguez and her friend.
Obsessed by Portia gets twisted!
Chloe Dee aka Nutritional Gangster leads a vinyasa class.
Angela Glaz leads an Ayurveda 101 workshop.
We hope to see you there next year! Namaste!
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Alex has been practicing yoga since 2012. She realized the physical and mental benefits of yoga quickly and fell in love with the practice on and off the mat. She received her RYT 200 from Be Luminous Yoga, a Baptiste Inspired studio, in 2015 and began teaching yoga to foster youth and at Seattle Gym. Alex teaches a blend of styles from power vinyasa, vinyasa flow, hatha and gentle yoga. She is receptive to what her students need and tailors the class to meet their expectations and goals. Alex invites her students to explore their bodies with ahimsa (compassion) and svadhyaya (curiosity). Alex is also the Content and Community Engagement Manager for Seattle Yoga News. When Alex isn't focused on her practice and yoga education, she is spending time with her chihuahua x miniature pinscher named Bebot and traveling the world.